Sunday, April 4, 2010

Bull Elk - Jasper National Park. Alberta

This huge bull Elk is scratching himself with his newly polished antlers. Male Elk grow a new set of antlers each summer and shed them early in the spring. The antlers are bone-white when the velvet is rubbed off and get their brown color from dirt and tree bark as the bull rubs and polishes them. Shed antlers become white again as the rain and snow wash the dirt and tree sap off.

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